For a critical reflection on the landscape

On June 22nd 2013 Fondazione La Raia – arte cultura territorio was established by Giorgio Rossi Cairo and the art dealer Irene Crocco, and has been directed since January 2017 by Ilaria Bonacossa. The scientific committee is made up of Flavio Albanese, Marco Galateri di Genola, Vicente Todolì, Stefano Baia Curioni and James Bradburne.

The Fondazione, honoured with the special mention “Fondazione d’impresa” of the Cultura + Impresa award, promotes a critical reflection on the landscape on a national level, through contributions that cover several fields of study.

Artists, philosophers, landscape painters, photographers and architects are invited to experience the landscape’s different elements through contributions and artworks that offer new knowledge opportunities and new identities. The Fondazione’s first initiative was project Nel Paesaggio – conceived by Irene Crocco and curated by Matilde Marzotto Caotorta – that set the Fondazione’s guidelines.

Artist Remo Salvadori was the first to watch through art lenses this territory. This brought about three permanent works: Nel momento, a vertical installation made of sixteen tin elements placed on the manor’s Southern facade, Continuo infinito presente, a continuous ring made of steel cables created on the inauguration day, and Il sabato piantare il cipresso…, Mr. Salvadori’s fourth garden, made of marble, water and essences, on the path that links the wine cellar to Locanda La Raia.

In September 2014 a new permanent work, OUSSSER, was inaugurated: it’s an enamel wall painting created by Korean artist Koo Jeong A. at Borgo Merlassino, inside the estate.

In 2015 the Fondazione collaborated with the German artist Michael Beutler, sponsoring his work for the 2017 Biennale di Venezia and welcoming inside the estate Bales 2014/2017, six coloured plastic balls that can be admired from the Gavi road near Locanda La Raia.

In 2018 Palazzo delle Api, the Luserna stone site-specific work by Adrien Missika was inaugurated.

In May 2019 Fondazione La Raia, in collaboration with the Piedmont Museum Center and Forte di Gavi, promoted and organized the exhibition Il Corsaro Nero e la vendetta del Gavi by Francesco Jodice. For one year the artist took pictures of the architecture, landscapes, monuments and wine cellars, going through the dialect stories and the protagonists of the history of Gavi and Novi Ligure. A new important step towards a deeper and deeper knowledge of the landscape in its complexity, thanks to the artists’ ability to encourage new visions and questions.

La Raia continues to be the meeting point for discussions on the landscape, that promote a new perception of the territory where we live and act.

The mission

Fondazione La Raia - arte cultura territorio was established with the aim to promote in Italy and abroad a critical reflection on the landscape through contributions that cover several fields of study.

Fondazione La Raia

Artists and artworks

The contributions of artists, coming from Italy and abroad, have enriched Gavi’s territory favoring a critical reflection on the landscape and nature.


Over the years, Fondazione La Raia has promoted several events and public debates: food for thought on culture, the landscape and the territory through different art disciplines.


In the last years, the Fondazione has worked to promote and disseminate publications on the landscape, culture and biodiversity.